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I have a furniture refinishing business that keeps me busy as part time work. I do very little advertising as most of my work is obtained by word of mouth from folks who have seen my work done for their friends. I have kicked around the idea of starting a website to increase my business. I have never done anything like that and wondered if it would be worth the time that I would have to invest. Would I be better off to advertise locally? Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Beth,

Here are my thoughts.

A web site is so inexpensive to set up you cannot afford not to have one.

You can get hosting for around $8 or less per month. You can buy your domain name for around $10 (for a year). Many hosting companies offer templates you can use to plug in your information, pictures, etc.

I would guess, just a guess here, that the word-of-mouth referrals would double or triple if people could see more of your work and get acquainted with you via the web. A friend might have had a chair redone, but they are wondering how you might do on a bigger project, say a dresser.

A well done, clean, crisp web site can only help your business. If you do not want to tackle the job, there are several folks here on 48Days.net that will do a simple site at a reasonable cost. Or, you can use a service like elance.com.

You might even post some simple how-to videos on furniture care, minor touch up stuff for people to see for free. This would help them feel you are giving, not just getting.

Again, just my thoughts.

Steven
Yes, everyone needs a website. There is one exception however. If you're not going to do it right, don't do it at all. Before visiting just about anyone I'll check out their website. If I can't find one, that immediately puts thoughts in my head. If I find one and it's poorly done, that reflects even worse on the business.
Steven Deaton said:
Beth,

Here are my thoughts.

A web site is so inexpensive to set up you cannot afford not to have one.

You can get hosting for around $8 or less per month. You can buy your domain name for around $10 (for a year). Many hosting companies offer templates you can use to plug in your information, pictures, etc.

I would guess, just a guess here, that the word-of-mouth referrals would double or triple if people could see more of your work and get acquainted with you via the web. A friend might have had a chair redone, but they are wondering how you might do on a bigger project, say a dresser.

A well done, clean, crisp web site can only help your business. If you do not want to tackle the job, there are several folks here on 48Days.net that will do a simple site at a reasonable cost. Or, you can use a service like elance.com.

You might even post some simple how-to videos on furniture care, minor touch up stuff for people to see for free. This would help them feel you are giving, not just getting.

Again, just my thoughts.

Steven
Steven Deaton said:
Beth,

Here are my thoughts.

A web site is so inexpensive to set up you cannot afford not to have one.

You can get hosting for around $8 or less per month. You can buy your domain name for around $10 (for a year). Many hosting companies offer templates you can use to plug in your information, pictures, etc.

I would guess, just a guess here, that the word-of-mouth referrals would double or triple if people could see more of your work and get acquainted with you via the web. A friend might have had a chair redone, but they are wondering how you might do on a bigger project, say a dresser.

A well done, clean, crisp web site can only help your business. If you do not want to tackle the job, there are several folks here on 48Days.net that will do a simple site at a reasonable cost. Or, you can use a service like elance.com.

You might even post some simple how-to videos on furniture care, minor touch up stuff for people to see for free. This would help them feel you are giving, not just getting.

Again, just my thoughts.

Steven
Steven,
Thanks for the input. I have many before and after pictures I could add. I also like the idea of giving tips, etc. so they feel like they can come away with some information just for visiting the site. Thanks again.
Beth
Justin,
Thanks for the reply. I agree that doing it poorly is worse than not doing it at all. I will put my efforts in that direction.
Beth
Yes. Get a web site. Use it as an online portfolio. Show before and after pics. I agree with everyone else below.

Good luck!

Christopher Alan
I think everyone even the smalles service business needs a website. They can be created professionally for as little as $300-500 bucks. Maybe even less in some cases,make sure you find a web design company that specializes in small businesses--they often charge less for a great product. Steven is absolutely correct that you cannot afford not to have one. I also check a companies website before visiting them, I find it very frustrating when I can't find a business on the web. Good Luck to ya!

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